Singapore urges Myanmar's junta to swiftly implement Asean's five-point consensus


Police march with a resident arrested during a crackdown on protesters holding rallies against the military coup in Yangon on February 26, 2021. - AFP

SINGAPORE, Dec 9 (Bernama): Singapore is deeply concerned on the recent developments in Myanmar and urged the country's junta to swiftly and fully implement the Five-Point Consensus, including allowing the Special Envoy’s visit to Myanmar to meet with all parties concerned.

Ini a statement issued by the republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) here on Tuesday (Dec 7), Singapore also called for the release of all political detainees including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and foreign detainees.

The statement issued in response to media queries on recent developments in Myanmar also said the junta should avoid actions that would be detrimental to eventual national reconciliation and restoration of peace and stability in Myanmar.

It was reported on Monday (Nov 6) that U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi were sentenced to four years in prison on charges of incitement under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code and for breaching the country's natural disaster management law.

However, the four-year sentences were respectively reduced to two years and it was reported that U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi will remain at the current undisclosed locations.

After they were detained on Feb 1 along with other officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, the state power of Myanmar was transferred to Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing after the declaration of a state of emergency.

Since her detainment, Aung San Suu Kyi had been accused of 11 offences, violating the Official Secrets Act, among others, while U Win Myint faced two charges of incitement and breaching the natural disaster management law, said the report.

Also more that 1,000 civilians were reported killed in the subsequent civil unrest following the Feb 1 coup.

On April 2, 2021, Asean's high level summit in Jakarta to discuss the situation in Myanmar agreed on the Five-Point Consensus that called for an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar, constructive dialogue among all parties, the appointment of a special Asean envoy to facilitate dialogue, the provision of humanitarian assistance, and a visit by the envoy to Myanmar. - Bernama

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